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WWE star Kofi Kingston sure India will produce successor to The Great Khali

The World Wrestling Entertainment is confident it can revive interest among Indian fans if a home grown talent makes it big.

other-sports Updated: May 10, 2017 21:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
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Dalip Singh Rana, who is also known as The Great Khali, is perhaps the biggest name from India to take part in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Dalip Singh Rana, who is also known as The Great Khali, is perhaps the biggest name from India to take part in World Wrestling Entertainment.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has always been popular in India, but the absence of a prominent wrestler from the country has hindered its growth in India.

Dalip Singh Rana (also known as The Great Khali) was the only one to make it big in the company and no one has been able to replicate that success. However, current WWE superstar Kofi Kingston believes it is just a matter of time before the company finds its next Indian talent.

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“We have had some great guys who are trying out from India and I am sure WWE will soon find the Indian talent they are looking for,” he told HT.

The WWE held a three-day tryout in Dubai last month and among the 34 contestants, 10 were from India. The Indian contingent had people from different walks of life and Kofi Kingston was impressed by the number of people who appeared for the tryouts.

“One third of the people trying out in Dubai were from India and that clearly shows how much the people from this country want to join the WWE.”

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Kofi Kingston and Big E, who are two-thirds of the former WWE tag-team champions ‘The New Day’, are on a promotional tour of India, and Big E had some advice for aspiring Indian talent.

“Perseverance is the key in this profession. Everyday will not be great for you, but there is no giving up. India has a lot of talent but they must keep at it and push themselves if they want to succeed.”

‘The New Day’ are two-times WWE Tag-Team champions and they also hold the record for the longest ever WWE Tag-Team Championship run, which clocks in at 483 days.

They were also the hosts of Wrestlemania 33. When asked about their experience, Big E summed it up in one line.

“It was the most memorable moment of our careers.”

First Published: May 10, 2017 21:44 IST

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